The man chosen last week to head Liverpool’s regeneration and inward investment agency is likely to last only a year in the post, Building can reveal.

Jim Gill, chief executive of city centre regeneration body Liverpool Vision, was picked to head the new expanded agency, also called Liverpool Vision.

Gill, 59, said: “The point I’ve got to in my life I’m not going to be here in five years, but I’ll be here for at least a year. The council may have to think about succession in 12 months, but hopefully by then they’ll be in a stronger position to do that.”

The appointment has been dubbed a “failure of recruitment” by opposition councillors.

Joe Anderson, leader of the opposition Labour group, said: “Jim can provide stability, but clearly this is a failure to get the man they wanted.”